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Three-Generation National Survey of Black American Families, 1979-1981

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Jackson, James S. (University of Michigan. Institute for Social Research. Survey Research Center)
  • Tucker, M. Belinda (University of Michigan. Institute for Social Research. Survey Research Center)
Other Title
  • Version 2 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute of Mental Health
Free Keywords
African Americans; attitudes; community involvement; crime; employment; mental health; neighborhoods; physical condition; religion; self esteem; social interaction; unemployment
  • Abstract

    This dataset was created by merging information collected from three questionnaires that form part of the NATIONAL SURVEY OF BLACK AMERICANS, 1979-1980 (ICPSR 8512) (NSBA). The three questionnaires were (1) the original cross-sectional survey questionnaire, (2) the reinterview questionnaire, and (3) the family members questionnaire. All three were administered from 1979-1981. The unit of analysis in this dataset is three generations of a family, or a "triad." Each unit or record has identical variables for the three individuals making up a triad (i.e., a grandparent, parent, and child). There are 510 triads in this dataset. The study explores feelings and attitudes across the three generations regarding neighborhood-community integration, services, crime and community contact, the role of religion and the church, physical and mental health, and self-esteem. Employment, the effects of chronic unemployment, the effects of race on the job, and interaction with family and friends are also examined. In addition, the survey provides information on racial attitudes, race identity, group stereotypes, and race ideology. Demographic variables include age, education, income, occupation, and political behavior and affiliation.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1979 / 1981
    Time period: 1979--1981
  • 1979 / 1981
    Collection date: 1979--1981
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Black United States citizens 18 years of age or older.
National multistage probability sample. The sample is self-weighting. Every Black American household in the continental United States had an equal probability of being selected.
1998-01-16 Several corrupted variables have been corrected in the data file, and variable formats in the SPSS export file have been corrected. Also, the SAS and SPSS data definition statements have been revised to match the changes to the data file. Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute of Mental Health.
This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 9288 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09288.v1
  • Jackson, James S., Jayakody, Rukmalie, Antonucci, Toni C.. Exchanges within black American three-generation families: The family environment context model. Aging and Generational Relations: Life-Course and Cros-Cultural Perspectives.New York: Aldine de Gruyter. 1996.
  • Jackson, James S., Antonucci, Toni C.. Survey methodology in life-span human development research. Life-Span Developmental Psychology: Methodological Contributions.Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum Associates. 1994.
  • Chatters, Linda M., Taylor, Robert Joseph. Intergenerational support: The provision of assistance to parents by adult children. Aging in Black America.Thousand Oaks: Sage. 1993.
  • Taylor, Robert Joseph, Chatters, Linda M., Jackson, James S.. A profile of familial relations among three-generation black families. Family Relations.42, (3), 332-341.1993.
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  • Gibson, Rose C., Jackson, James S.. Health, physical functioning, and informal supports of the black elderly. Milbank Quarterly.65, (Suppl 2), 421-454.1987.
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Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Jackson, James S.; Tucker, M. Belinda (1996): Three-Generation National Survey of Black American Families, 1979-1981. Version 2. Version: v2. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.